Hariet Hartland, 1782

Once in a while a sampler comes along that makes your heart skip a beat or even two. Hariet’s striking and decorative sampler is one such sampler, she has created much excitement at Hands Across the Sea Samplers. No doubt working under the vigilant eye of her needlework teacher, Hariet created an exceptional, balanced and exactingly worked sampler with vibrant polychrome silks. They still glow jewel like some two hundred and thirty six years after the last stitch was laid. Hariet’s sampler is both beautiful and exuberant, and reflects many hours of patient discipline as she plied her needle. The stitches used are cross stitch over one and two threads, rice stitch, straight stitch, and a handful of double running stitches, all exquisitely executed on fine linen by Hariet at only ten years of age..

Hariet’s sampler has been brought to you in collaboration with Lisa Brown who lovingly stitched the model and provided the NPI conversion. At the very core of Hands Across the Sea Samplers is a team of needleworkers who are passionate about antique samplers and being able to share those samplers with you.

Thread Legend

The sampler has been reproduced with Au Ver à Soie d’Alger silks and the skein quantities calculated based on 1 strand on 36ct fabric. We have provided conversions for DMC based on 2 strands and Needlepoint Inc. based on 1 strand.

Soie d’Alger        DMC               NPI

3426 x 1 / 500 x 1 / 158 x 1 ~ Blue green – very dark

3425 x 2 / 501 x 2 / 155 x 2 ~ Blue green – dark

4534 x 1 / 611 x 1 / 986 x 1 ~ Drab brown

4245 x 1 / 680 x 1 / 695 x 1 ~ Old gold – dark

3741 x 1 / 738 x 1 /  761 x 1 ~ Tan – very light

F05 x 2 / 739 x 2  / 867 x 2 ~ Tan – ultra very light

2926 x 2 / 814 x 2 / 226 x 2 ~ Garnet – dark

2916 x 2 / 816 x 2 / 575 x 1 ~ Garnet

2756 x 1 / 927 x 1 / 152 x 1 ~ Grey green – light

121 x 1 / 928 x 1 / 876 x 1 ~ Grey green – very light

3725 x 1 / 936 x 1 / 548 x 1 ~ Avocado green – very dark

3732 x 2 / 3013 x 2 / 331 x 2 ~ Khaki green – light

3723 x 2 / 3052 x 2 / 642 x 2 ~ Green grey – dark

3424 x 1 / 3362 x 1 / 292 x 1 ~ Pine green – dark

4126 x 1 / 3371 x 1 /587 x 1 ~ Black brown

1745 x 2 / 3768 x 2 /  324 x 2 ~ Grey green – dark

2242 x 2 / 3822 x 2 / 472 x 2 ~ Straw – light

LINEN SIZES

The original sampler was stitched on uneven weave linen closest in colour to DMC shades 738 and 739 and measuring approximately 12.5 x 17 inches.

The design area is 285 stitches (w) x 332 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3” margin for finishing and framing.

32ct – Design: 17.81″ x 20.75″ Fabric: 23.81″ x 26.75″  36ct – Design: 15.83″ x 18.44″ Fabric: 21.83″ x 24.44″

40ct – Design: 14.25″ x 16.60″ Fabric: 20.25″ x 22.60″  46ct  Design: 12.39″ x 14.43″ Fabric: 18.39″ x 20.43″



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